Outdoor notes: Take your first shots at introductory target shooting class

LINCOLN, Neb. – Get started in the sport of target shooting in a safe, welcoming environment with a First Shots class.

These seminars, held at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, include individual and group training, an introduction to safety, a rundown of shooting sports opportunities for all levels of interest, and a chance to give shooting a try on the range.

With a small class size and friendly, knowledgeable staff, a First Shots class is a non-intimidating setting for trying out a new sport.

These one-time classes will take place on the following days: March 29, 5:30-8 p.m.; April 13, 9-11:30 a.m.; May 4, 9-11:30 a.m.; May 25, 9-11:30 a.m.

Seminars are for students ages 16 and older, and cost just $10 to attend. Preregistration is required.

Attending participants receive a coupon for more than 50 percent off their next handgun class at the facility.

The Outdoor Education Center is located at 4703 N. 44th St. in Lincoln. For more information and to register, visit OutdoorEdCenter.org.


Handgun and archery demo scheduled for April 7

LINCOLN, Neb. – Looking for that perfect firearm or bow? Come try out some of the best handguns and bows in the business at a handgun and archery demo April 7.

Held at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in association with Scheels, this free event allows visitors to check out a selection of handguns and bows and try out their favorites on the range.

You will be able to compare various models, ask questions and learn from Scheels experts and certified instructors. Trained staff will be on hand to provide any assistance you need.

The demo will take place from 1-7 p.m; the 1-3 p.m. slots are for ladies only. Online preregistration is required.

Participants must be at least 21 years of age; those ages 15 and older are allowed if accompanied by a legal parent or guardian. Hearing and eye protection is required, and is available for use at the range.

Personal firearms, bows, arrows or ammunition are not permitted during the event. No firearms, bows, arrows or ammunition will be sold during the event.

The Outdoor Education Center is located at 4703 N. 44th St. in Lincoln. To learn more and register, visit OutdoorEdCenter.org.

Trout to be stocked in two Panhandle lakes March 22

LINCOLN, Neb. – Two Panhandle lakes will be stocked with rainbow trout March 22, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The Rock Creek State Fish Hatchery will stock 1,400 10-inch trout at Bridgeport State Recreation Area northwest lake and 900 trout at the Riverside Discovery Center (zoo) pond in Scottsbluff.

Trout stockings across Nebraska may be delayed because of inclement weather and widespread flooding, impacting roads and hatcheries. An updated scheduled will be provided when conditions improve. Visit outdoornebraska.gov/fishstockingreports/ for more information.

Commission to accept volunteer help in cleanup of parks

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is grateful for the outpouring of offers from volunteers to help with cleanup efforts at state parks, wildlife management areas and trails damaged by the recent catastrophic flooding.

The Commission will accept volunteer help in the recovery of its affected parks and other areas. Individuals or groups who want to volunteer to help the Commission’s cleanup efforts can notify Game and Parks at outdoornebraska.gov/volunteer. Game and Parks staff will alert those who wish to volunteer of opportunities to do so as priority areas are identified.

The Commission urges the public to not attempt to clean up on their own, but to work with the agency as it identifies projects and resources available. The Commission wishes to safely and effectively mobilize volunteers.

Game and Parks continues to assess damage from the floods at parks and other areas, but the full impact of the flood on Nebraska’s state park system is not yet known. A list of parks that are closed, partially closed or accessible only by alternate route is available on the Commission’s website at OutdoorNebraska.org/weatherclosures.

A timeline is not yet in place for reopening areas affected by the flooding. As waters recede and reopening dates are set for specific parks, announcements will be posted atOutdoorNebraska.org.


Game and Parks urges kayakers, canoers to stay off of flooded rivers

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission urges the public to stay off of rivers affected by recent flooding.

Strong currents and inadequate clearance under bridges make kayaking, canoeing and recreational boating extremely dangerous at this time. Uprooted trees, concrete, metal and other materials swept away in the flood may be submerged or partially submerged in waters that experienced flooding, creating potentially deadly obstacles in rivers and lakes alike.

Those who wish to canoe or kayak should wait until water levels recede or plan a trip on water bodies that did not experience flooding.

Rainbow trout stockings scheduled for two locations in eastern Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — Two lakes in eastern Nebraska will be stocked with rainbow trout March 25, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The Calamus Fish Hatchery will stock 2,500 10-inch trout at CenturyLink Lake at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park and 1,500 trout at Weeping Water pond.

Scheduled trout stockings across Nebraska may be delayed because of inclement weather and widespread flooding, which impacted roads and hatcheries. An updated scheduled will be provided when conditions improve. Visitoutdoornebraska.gov/fishstockingreports for more information.

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